Vision, Mission, Priorities, Initiatives
The Washington Research Library Consortium will be a catalyst creating synergies among the partner universities to enable the success of learning and scholarship.
The Washington Research Library Consortium is a collaborative partnership providing proactive and responsive, innovative, cost-effective access to shared information resources, services and expertise.
- Approved by the WRLC Board of Directors, December 1, 2010
- Creating coordinated collections
- Creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access
- Ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources
- Sharing expertise
FY 2015 Initiatives
Creating Coordinated Collections
- Plan and initiate consortial demand driven acquisition of e-books.
- Formulate a high level, holistic collection development policy for the WRLC shared collection as a whole.
- Use the results of the collection analysis done by Sustainable Collection Services to select rarely held monographs for long-term retention and preservation and to identify unneeded duplication ofmonographs.
- Enhance our bibliographic records and expose those copies with retention commitments.
Creating a Robust Infrastructure for Discovery & Access
- Evaluate library services platform (Next-Gen system) to replace the existing ILS and recommend next steps.
- Simplify and improve sharing of e-journal articles by implementing an ILLiad only process for all WRLC Libraries and enabling streamlined lending from the SCF.
- Explore and implement solutions that will enable the loan of e-journals and e-books among the Consortium partners. (e.g., Occam’s reader).
- Implement Summon 2.0 (once any remaining concerns have been addressed).
- Update interlibrary loan rights information for e-resources in 360Link (for those using it) to facilitate loans between the Consortium partners.
- Determine and recommend changes necessary in staffing and courier services to achieve delivery of CLS materials within 48 hours of request.
- Identify the requirements for a federated authentication framework for online services provided by the WRLC to the Consortium partners. Determine campus level schemas and identify changes required to provide authentication and authorization for online services.
- Develop and implement a plan that will successfully transition our bibliographic records to a new library services platform, including consolidating authority control and the implementation of RDA.
Ensuring the Long-Term Preserving of Physical and Digital Information Resources
- Complete construction of the Shared Collections Facility module 3.
- Complete disaster preparedness plan for the Shared Collections Facility.
- Create a collections disaster preparedness web portal to be a useful information resources in case of a collections disaster.
- Evaluate WRLC digital preservation needs for born-digital and audio-visual materials.
- Make recommendations on current and future storage requirements, equipment needs and best practices.
Improving the Consortium by Sharing Expertise and Assessing and Setting our Strategic Direction
- Analyze and develop proposals to maximize the value of our human resources through collaboration and cooperation.
- Engage an assessment provider to explore scenarios and develop the framework to assess the value, benefit and investment in the WRLC.
- Perform a user assessment of the Summon and Primo discovery tools to better understand the effectiveness of the products and users’ success in finding relevant and useful resources.